Washington Post, On Love: Christine Allie & Stuart Lazar:
It took only an hour with Christine Allie to convince Stuart Lazar that she was someone special. He knew he had to make their first date extraordinary, but how?
Buffalo, N.Y., his home base at the time, just wouldn’t cut it. So, he decided to email Christine a round-trip ticket to Paris.
“It was a chance, but it was worth it,” Stuart says. “And I’d do it again with her in a heartbeat.”
The two tax law professors — Christine teaches at the Delaware Law School at Widener University and Stuart at the SUNY Buffalo Law School — had met in Washington at an Association of American Law Schools conference in early January 2015. They connected during a cocktail hour for attendees at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. ...
Christine, 36, and Stuart, 47, chatted briefly before they shook hands and went their separate ways. Later that night, he sent her a short message on LinkedIn, saying how great it was meeting her. She responded quickly and invited him for drinks the next evening with colleagues at Clyde’s in Chinatown. ...
The couple exchanged vows Nov. 14 at the U.S. Tax Court in Washington. “It was my first choice,” Stuart says. “The whole [wedding] is inspired by what we’ve done. We are both tax professors who practice tax law and met here in Washington. It all came together, and we were very fortunate.”
Stuart and Christine were one of only a handful of couples allowed to marry at the courthouse, and their vows fittingly included tax lingo and even referenced the Internal Revenue Code. “While a marriage is a partnership, the profit that the parties seek is so much more than financial,” recited their officiant, federal tax judge Mark V. Holmes. ...
For now, they plan to continue to do long distance between New York and Delaware. “I think we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. This works now, but at some point it may not, and we’ll figure it out then,” Stuart says. “Love conquers all, right?”
(Hat Tip: Harold Pskowski.)
Update: Stuart tells me that he and Christine met at the Pepperdine reception at AALS!